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  • Small-business confidence hits record high in 2018 after Trump tax-reform win

    03/13/2018 5:17:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/13/2018 | Kate Rogers
    Small-business confidence is surging in 2018 as optimism rises among small-business owners about the newly enacted tax-reform package, according to the latest CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey, released Tuesday. The CNBC/SurveyMonkey Q1 Small Business Confidence Index saw an increase of five points, from 57 to 62, a record high and the largest quarter-to-quarter move the index has seen since CNBC and SurveyMonkey began measuring last year. This is the first survey since President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017. In the Q4 survey, small-business owners were split evenly on the core question...
  • NY and CA Democrats should be worried about real estate values

    01/19/2018 1:51:48 AM PST · by jmclemore · 19 replies
    Wealthy exodus to escape new tax rules worries California Democrats By Adam Ashton aashton@sacbee.com January 18, 2018 12:33 PM Updated 10 hours 36 minutes ago The Republican-backed federal tax bill flipped the tables on a never-ending question for California politicians: Will high taxes lead the state’s wealthiest residents to flee the Golden State for the comparable tax havens of Florida, Nevada and Texas? Republicans reliably raise that alarm when Democrats advocate for tax increases, like the 2012 and 2016 ballot initiatives that levied a new income tax on very high-earning residents. But now, with the federal tax bill cutting off...
  • Punish Poor People

    01/09/2018 9:36:37 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 10, 2018 | John Stossel
    Store owner Kamal Saleh was just hit with thousands of dollars in fines. His crime? He sold three cigars for $8.89. "Too cheap!" say New York City bureaucrats. "The cigars should have cost 11 cents more." Politicians want you to spend more for tobacco. They decided this after anti-smoking crusader Dr. Kurt Ribisl told the Centers for Disease Control, "Higher prices will deter children from smoking." A pit of socialist micromanagers called the New York City Council quickly embraced the idea. "It's also being considered very seriously in a number of jurisdictions in California," Ribisl told me. When health totalitarians...
  • 8 Christmas Gifts You Can Buy From Veteran-Owned Businesses

    12/11/2017 9:32:25 PM PST · by wildwoodla · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 11, 2017 | Lisa De Pasquale
    Several veterans are finding personal and financial fulfillment as small business owners offering quality products. Christmas is the perfect time to shop with them.
  • How the GOP Tax Plan Can Help Small Businesses More

    11/28/2017 4:13:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2017 | Stephen Moore
    Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson has caused a bit of a hullabaloo by complaining that small businesses don't get the benefits that corporations do in the GOP tax plan. Johnson has credibility here because he is one of those rare breeds in Congress who actually knows something about running a business, having done so for nearly 30 years. Sen. Johnson's beef with the House plan is that the effective tax rate on a successful small business would be almost 36 percent (as opposed to 39.6 percent today), compared with the new 20 percent rate for a corporation, such as General Electric...
  • A Lifetime of Taxes Is Enough

    10/24/2017 4:26:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2017 | Stephen Moore
    My father built a small business from scratch with years of sweat equity and many weeks and months away from home. He employed about 100 people, and by the end of his working years, the business was highly successful. He became a millionaire. He lived the American dream. He sold a product that people wanted, provided a solid income for many families and gave lots of money to our church and numerous other charities. And every year he paid his taxes. Over the course of his lifetime, he paid millions of dollars in income taxes, sales taxes, payroll taxes, property...
  • Health benefit offers from small businesses keep vanishing

    09/19/2017 7:55:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2017 4:12 PM EDT | Tom Murphy
    Only half of America’s smallest businesses now offer health coverage to their workers because many say steady cost hikes have made it too expensive to afford a benefit that nearly all large employers still provide. The Kaiser Family Foundation said Tuesday that 50 percent of companies with three to 49 employees offered coverage this year. That’s down from 59 percent in 2012 and 66 percent more than a decade ago. “There’s just not as much money around for compensation, including benefits,” said Gary Claxton, a Kaiser vice president and lead author of the nonprofit health policy organization’s annual health benefits...
  • Amid Harvey recovery, small businesses roll up sleeves and get back to work

    09/08/2017 2:36:59 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 6 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 8, 2017 | Henry Gass, Carmen K. Sisson
    As the nation gears up for another major storm bearing down on Florida, and continues to assess the damage from Harvey, small businesses are helping lead the city’s recovery – providing not only helping hands in the rebuilding effort, but a precious sense of normality. HOUSTON AND DANEVANG, TEXAS Even for a farmer, there is such a thing as too much water. Sweat dripping from under his red, white, and blue cowboy hat, Guy Mouelet is standing in his farm at the corner of Fondren Road and Willowbend Boulevard here, taking a break between giant hacks with his shovel at...
  • IRS shuts down mom and pop dressmaker, sells dresses within hours

    07/09/2017 8:22:32 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 40 replies
    <p>The unmarked vehicles arrived in the morning. More than 20 armed agents poured out.</p> <p>Hours later, Mii’s Bridal & Tuxedo was out of business after serving customers for decades. Its entire inventory of wedding gowns and dresses as well as sewing machines and other equipment were sold at auction.</p>
  • Bacon Bouquets? Women-Owned Small Business Makes It Happen

    06/15/2017 2:12:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | JUN 13 2017,
    The CEO: Logan Rae, 22, co-founder (with Kim Hruda) of Bacon Boxes School: Class of 2017 at Florida Atlantic University From: Miami, Florida Based in: Boca Raton, Florida Number of employees: 2-3 part time; with seasonal delivery drivers it goes up to 5. Sleep: 4-7 hours a night Our a-ha moment The idea came in early 2015. I had made a bacon bouquet for a friend that I delivered to a busy office. All the women went crazy over it. I had a final right after, but I took on the project on my own. It was insane. So when...
  • Let's Shine A New Light On Small Businesses

    06/08/2017 3:22:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2017 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Here is a proposal for a new reality show that could not only help President Trump do his job, but could help millions of other Americans gain or keep theirs. I'll tell you how in a minute. But first, some background: For a small-business entrepreneur to be successful, he or she must not only come up with an idea and execute it, but then navigate the paperwork and bureaucratic processes involved in getting a business off the ground. It's not enough to make and sell your product and service. You also have to acquire business licenses, open bank accounts,...
  • How a professor is trying to spark an entrepreneurial revolution across America

    05/06/2017 8:51:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    CNBC ^ | May 5, 2017 | Elizabeth MacBride
    For the first 17 years, RBK Health Care Marketing in Milwaukee grew at a respectable pace, reaching more than $3 million a year in revenue in 2016. This year, founder Carl Brown says the firm will grow by 50 percent to 60 percent and hit $4 million to $5 million in revenue. He expects to add two more employees, giving the firm a total of about 18. One of the factors behind its growth spurt: Brown participated in a six-month program called Scale Up Milwaukee, part of a larger movement to encourage established entrepreneurs in second-tier cities — and it's...
  • Ivanka Trump, World Bank discuss women entrepreneur fund

    04/26/2017 5:02:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | April 26, 2017 | Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
    Ivanka Trump has been involved in discussions with the World Bank about establishing a funding operation that would support female entrepreneurs, bank and administration officials said Wednesday. The officials stressed that nothing has been set up yet and that talks are ongoing about how this would be set up. They said it could be structured as a World Bank-run "facility," which accepts contributions from governments and private donors and then provides funding and support to women in developing countries. According to a senior administration official, Trump recently pitched the idea to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, who then...
  • Have We Reached Peak Entrepreneurship?

    03/07/2017 3:00:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Real Clear Policy ^ | March 7, 2017 | Julio M. Ottino & Mark P. Mills
    In today’s hyper-partisan era, one goal crosses the political divide: the need for more entrepreneurs. Encomia are everywhere: Politicians praise them, Hollywood lionizes them, venture capitalists chase them, universities foster them. Entrepreneurs, from Henry Ford to Elon Musk, are embedded in American lore. In an earlier era they were popularized in Horatio Alger rags-to-riches terms; today it’s the garage-to-tech-titan stories that have legendary status for Millennials. Could it be, however, that we’ve hit peak preoccupation with entrepreneurship? Although entrepreneurial magic is often discussed in “tech” terms, the reality is most startups involve such things as restaurants and lawn services or...
  • Cisco chairman John Chambers explains how Trump will be a boon to tech startups

    02/23/2017 6:43:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    CNBC ^ | February 23, 2017 | Deborah Findling
    Cisco executive chairman and tech investor John Chambers believes the Trump administration and Congress will make startups great again by loosening regulations and making it easier for more companies to go public. "You've got to really enable the next generation of start-ups," Chambers told CNBC's Josh Lipton. "It starts with regulation, in terms of making it easier for companies to do this," said Chambers. "It comes with, really, making America great in the startup community again." Start-ups will be pivotal to America's future economic growth, said Chambers. Though 90 companies that went public on the Nasdaq last year, he stressed...
  • Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses

    02/22/2017 4:11:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Columbus Republic ^ | February 22, 2017 | Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
    Ivanka Trump has expanded her research on economic policy with a visit to a Baltimore center for minority-owned small businesses. A White House official confirmed the Wednesday visit to the Raymond V. Haysbert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Greater Baltimore Urban League. The official said Trump participated in a round table discussion with business owners....
  • Senate Confirms Former Wrestling Exec McMahon To Lead SBA

    02/14/2017 5:30:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Manufacturing ^ | February 14, 2017 | Kevin Freking, The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare display of bipartisanship, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration as part of President Donald Trump's cabinet. The Senate voted 81-19 to confirm McMahon, who helped start and grow World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said McMahon will "prioritize growing jobs over growing government bureaucracy."(continued)
  • Texas Salon Owner Tells Bernie Her Business Can't Afford Obamacare. His Response Stops Viewers Cold

    02/08/2017 1:18:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    IJR ^ | 02/08/2017 | Jason Howerton
    During the Sanders-Cruz debate on the future of Obamacare, A small business from Texas confronted Bernie Sanders about exploding health care costs under Obamacare, telling him she simply can’t afford to provide insurance for all of her employees.During CNN's Ted Cruz-Bernie Sanders debate on Tuesday, the business owner, who operates several hair salons in Texas, asked Sanders how she can comply with Obamacare without passing on costs to customers or lowering her employees’ wages. She said she has just under 50 employees. WATCH: Sanders and a small business owner go back and forth in a fascinating exchange. #CNNDebateNight pic.twitter.com/mO5FLXJGBM— MRCTV.org...
  • Trump shifting power from Wall Street to Main Street

    01/26/2017 8:42:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Joplin Globe ^ | January 26, 2017 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS — One of President Donald Trump’s first orders of business on his first Monday in office was to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal with Asian nations that would have shipped American jobs overseas and dragged down the global value of labor to the benefit of Wall Street oligarchs. The move suggests that this administration is prioritizing the interests of the American worker over the containment of China. The TPP deal was supposed to be a twofold victory for the military-industrial complex: It would have implanted American interests in China’s backyard while increasing profits for Wall Street. One only needs...
  • Report: 300,000 Small Business Jobs Lost Due to Obamacare; Over 10,000 Businesses Shut Down

    01/18/2017 6:35:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 01/18/2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Obamacare has cost roughly 300,000 small business jobs due to higher health care costs, according to a new report. The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released findings Wednesday that rising premiums and regulations under the Affordable Care Act have had “dire” consequences for the labor market. The report found the law has cost $19 billion in lost wages per year and forced 10,000 small businesses establishments to close their doors. The study covered employers with 20 to 99 employees. “Research from the American Action Forum (AAF) finds regulations from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are driving up health...